Fox takes Drive for a spin

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Fox has revved up the drama pilot Drive with a 12-episode series order.

The show, which chronicles an underground race across America, is targeted for a spring launch. The ensemble cast includes Alan Ruck, Kristin Lehman, Melanie Lynskey, Emily Stone, Shahine Ezell, and Andres Saenz-Hudson.

The pickup will bring the total number of episodes ordered to 13, including the pilot.

It has been a bumpy ride for Drive, which was delivered to the network more than a month ago. For a few weeks, the project appeared to be dead, and writer/executive producer Tim Minear joined the rookie drama series Standoff as a consulting producer. Drive began heating up again last week when rumors about a possible midseason pickup began to surface. Minear said he hopes to do minor tinkering on the pilot with some reshoots but doesn't plan any casting changes.

Meanwhile, another midseason prospect at Fox, the NASA ensemble drama Beyond, is not going forward at this time.